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Opinions varied on federal lawsuit against Arizona's SB1070

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By Barbara Grijalva - email

Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - We went to a South Tucson restaurant, a lunchtime focal point for people from all over Tucson, to find out what they think about the federal lawsuit against Arizona, and how it might change things in our state.

As you might imagine, opinions ran the gamut..

Whether people are for the lawsuit or against it, they want something to be done about immigration.

Some believe SB 1070 has been bad for business, and welcome the lawsuit as helpful.

"Not only for business, for the economy, for the city, for the state and for the county. I think this is good for everybody," says the restaurant's owner, Rigoberto Lopez, who is worried about his bottom line.

Others take SB 1070 more personally.

Tucsonan Judy Gonzalez says she and her husband are contemplating a move because of it.

"We both were born and raised in Arizona and we've considered leaving the state as a result of it," she says.

Gonzalez says overturning SB 1070 might change her mind.

Sunnyside Unified School Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo says, "I think it may encourage some of them to stay and maybe others to come back."

Cameron MacArthur was in town from Yuma.

He says, "I think this bill that was introduced was a knee jerk reaction to a serious problem, but not the right answer."

Then there are those who are for SB1070, who worry about being profiled under the law, but feel something needs to be done to stem the tide of illegal immigrants.@

Tucsonan Marisa Enriquez is one of them.

"If they want to come here, be in the United States then they should get their citizenship, instead of just coming here illegally," she says,

Others are more sure that SB 1070 is the right answer. 

"I think there needs to be some sort of standard, but because we don't have one that the federal government is enforcing, then the local government has to do what it thinks is in the best interests of its citizens," says Tucsonan Gabe Ruiz.

Tucsonan Julia Calderon says, "Now that this law is coming up, everybody is against us. Why? Why are they against us because we want to protect ourselves from all that's going on across the border?

One thing most agree on:  They hate the boycotts against Arizona.

Whether the federal lawsuit brings business back, is anybody's guess.

"No. I think there's deeper issues that people are waiting to see what's going to happen in the State of Arizona before they stop boycotting," says Carol Fimbres-Gaughan.

Businessman Rigoberto Lopez is hoping for a windfall because of the federal lawsuit to overturn SB 1070.

"Maybe in a few weeks, this is the comeback of the people and spend the money," he says.

SB 1070 is scheduled to take effect July 29th.

The judge in the lawsuit says she can't promise a ruling on a preliminary injunction to temporarily block enforcement of the law before that.

In the lawsuit, the federal government is asking for an injunction to keep the Arizona law from taking effect while the issue is in court.

A Tucson legal scholar says judges issue injunctions for several reasons.

One is that they look at who'll be harmed if the law is temporarily stopped, and who'll be harmed if it isn't.

The federal government argues that it will be harmed if the law goes into effect, while the state won't suffer a substantial burden.

University of Arizona law professor Marc Miller says, "It leaves the status quo and that, by the way, includes state law enforcement enforcing federal law under existing law that they can arrest somebody for violating federal law. They work with the federal government."

Miller says, "So, the question here is not whether or not Arizona can enforce federal immigration law at all.  It is only a question of the enforcement of these new crimes and new provisions" (in SB 1070).   

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